Lazy Saturday Afternoon

This is a little pin cushion cactus that grows wild around our place.

Much more subtle than the larger Prickly pear that we see around the hill country. Love the blooms.  I normally miss seeing them bloom.

Button cactus flowers 4-22-2015

Close up of cactus flowers

 Asclepias asperula, Antelope Horns Milkweed and bee Bee on Milkweed close up

If you enlarge the photo below, it is like one of those seek and find games.
We found seven insects on this milkweed.
Granted it will be a bit grainy when enlarged enough to see the smallest of the insects. This plant supports a lot of life.

Butterfly  bee and other bugs on milkweed

Milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) on Antelope Horns Milkweed (of course)

milkweed bug on milkweed 1

On the next three photos with butterflies,
I used the vastness of the internet to try and identify them.
Hopefully correctly. 🙂

Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)

butterfly on milkweed 2 cropped close

Checkered White (Pontia protodice) on Blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)

White butterfly on Blackfoot Daisy

I think this is a Southern Dogface -Zerene cesoniahis

Yellow butterfly on yellow wildflower

Unknown tiny insect on wildflower

Small bug on wildflower

China Berry blossoms  – China Berry tree Melia azedarach var. umbraculifera

This is an invasive non-native tree. It’s saving grace for me is the fragrant blooms.
I Love them.

Otherwise, the berries are a mess and the wood is weak.

Chinaberry blooms

wildflowers in vase 2

I hope you have a wonderful weekend,


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